The Roanoke River offers many exciting opportunities for fun and adventure. Kayaking, Canoeing and tubing are some of the fun adventures.
The Roanoke River stretches from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coast. Within the region, there are three dams that provide flood control and power generation. The dam that control the river level is the Roanoke Rapids Dam, which is about nine miles up river from Weldon. Since this is a hydroelectric dam, the rivers is subject to fluctuating water levels based on power generation. For example, during peak power needs, the river can rise in water lever in the afternoons when Dominion Power begins producing power. However, Dominion does provide information to the community on projected water levels for the planning of recreational activities.
River levels best for kayaking.
The “Weldon Wave” is active and enjoyable when water flow is between 1800 cfc (cubic feet per second) to 3300 cfs (see videos below of paddlers enjoy the Weldon Wave)
A “surfable wave” forms on the top of the water at the Weldon Rapids when the water flows are between 3300 cfs to 6000 cfs
Above 6000 cfs the rocks will be submerged and the paddlers will only experience a smooth swift current
Follow these links from Dominion Power on River Levels and Recreational Paddler Information
Roanoke River Ramble Take a paddle down the Roanoke river. An annual event, the Roanoke River Ramble lanches form Weldon at River Falls Park, paddles 9 miles down river where there are plenty of activites. Enjoy lunch, tours of the State Historic Site of Historic Halifax, a Goast Walk in the 1700 era cementery and much more. Check out this phenomenal video created by Roanoke River Ramble paddler Reggie Duke from the 2nd annual Roanoke River Ramble presented by the Roanoke River Partners and sponsored by the Halifax County CVB hosted 160 paddlers from all over NC and VA with faculty participating from four universities. Enjoy & mark your calendar for next year's Ramble on Nov. 6, 2010! http://www.roanokeriverpartners.org